Aug 02, 2020
Brad Garrett, Lea Thompson Rip Ellen DeGeneres Apology: Common Knowledge She Mistreated Staff
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Two Hollywood celebrities are blowing the whistle on Ellen DeGeneres, claiming that it is “common knowledge” that the talk show host mistreated employees.
Actors Brad Garrett and Lea Thompson have added their voices to the dozens of former staffers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show who have alleged a toxic work environment.Some ex-employees have accused producers on the show of sexual assault and harassment, while other have alleged they were fired for taking sick leave and bereavement days.
Many of the former staffers who made the accusations to Buzzfeed News in recent weeks have claimed that the office culture was emotionally abusive.
Neither Garrett nor Thompson have accused Ellen DeGeneres of sexual misconduct. But Garrett tweeted Friday that he knows of “more than one” employee who was “treated horribly by her.” The Everybody Loves Raymond star also said he wasn’t buying DeGeneres’ recent apology to her staff in which she claimed to have been unaware of the alleged acts of misconduct.
Sorry but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow Know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge. DeGeneres Sends Emotional Apology to Staff – Variety https://t.co/D0uxOgyyre
— Brad Garrett (@RealBradGarrett) July 31, 2020
Brad Garrett has appeared as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show multiple times.
Back to the Future star Lea Thompson expressed her own incredulity toward DeGeneres’ apology. “True story. It is,” the actress tweeted Saturday, in reaction to Garrett’s earlier statement about Ellen.
True story. It is.
— Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson) July 31, 2020
It’s virtually unheard of in Hollywood for celebrities to say a bad word about Ellen DeGeneres, since her show has long been a popular pitstop for stars to promote their latest movies and TV shows. But the avalanche of allegations has badly tarnished the 62-year-old host’s squeaky clean image and has made a mockery of the show’s “Be Kind” motto.
The New York Post’s Page Six reported earlier this week that producers on The Ellen DeGeneres Show forbade people from even looking at Ellen while the show was on tour in Australia. The tabloid also reported that guests were told to compliment Ellen on-air.
WarnerMedia has instigated an internal investigation into the show following the allegations of misconduct.
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Black-Owned Business’ Black Lives Matter Signs Vandalized Using ‘Thin Blue Line’ Symbols
YUBA CITY (CBS13) — Yuba City police are investigating after a business’ Black Lives Matter signs were covered with blue paint and hidden under a ‘thin blue line’ flag someone stapled to their building.
Police are investigating the act of vandalism as a possible hate crime.
Samuel and Pamela Thompson own Porky’s Barbecue on Bridge Street in Yuba City.
“Why are you so angry where you deface someone else’s property?” Pamela Thompson said.
“You don’t own this building,” Samuel Thompson said.
The couple began displaying the BLM signs during the George Floyd movement.
“When they start painting the windows, the next thing to do is to firebomb it,” Samuel Thompson said.
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Thompson is also a military veteran.
“We love the police, I mean, we believe in law and order,” Samuel Thomson said.
Yuba City police released a statement reading in part: “The Yuba City Police Department does not support or tolerate the use of law enforcement symbols to deface property or intimidate people for their beliefs or support of other causes.”
Marci Christofferson lives in Yuba City and says she does not support the Black Lives Matter movement but she does support the Thompson’s business.
“I think all lives matter,” Christofferson said. “I don’t think vandalism of any sort, by any group is justified.”
The Thompsons took the ‘thin blue line’ flag and have moved it to another location on their restaurant. It is now on display alongside the Black Lives Matter messages.
Yuba City Police say they are looking at surveillance camera video to locate a suspect and are also increasing their patrols in the area.